Tuesday, February 28, 2012

NEWS LINKS | Feb. 28, 2012

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Senate Democrats’ budget a ‘game changer’?

And in laying out their plan, Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, and her top budget writer, Sen. Ed Murray, said they want to start looking longer term at a better source of financing education. … Murray also said he wasn’t sure who will be up in arms about the budget plan. Perhaps they will show up at 5:30 p.m. to speak when the Senate Ways and Means Committee holds its hearing on the supplemental budget proposal. …  Curiously, a slew of advocates for human services and education programs were on hand to say good things about the Senate budget – a real change from recent practice when the expected comment was a complaint about a cut, or pained resignation about how it could have been worse.

The Olympian, February 28, 2012



Wash. Dems agree: Delay payments to fix budget

Democratic Sen. Ed Murray said the budget does not make further cuts in K-12 or higher education. "We absolutely cannot write a budget that preserves education in both higher education and K-12 unless apportionment is part of the solution," Murray said.

Seattle PI, February 28, 2012



Lake Washington Institute of Technology earns four-year baccalaureate level accreditation

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWIT) has received accreditation at the baccalaureate level from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

The new designation includes the college’s Bachelor of Technology in Applied Design (BTAD) degree and came in conjunction with the reaccreditation of LWIT’s associate degree level programs.

Kirkland Reporter, February 28, 2012


Budget Reality Looking Rosier for Shoreline CC

Shoreline may be able to absorb state cuts, as its strategy continues to shift to internationalization and virtual learning. The budget news out of Olympia may just put Shoreline Community College back on the track outlined this past fall by President Lee Lambert.
Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Patch, February 28, 2012


Bellevue College students receive state-of-the-art training in radiation therapy | New software program will give students better skills to treat cancer
An innovative software program is transforming the way Bellevue College's radiation therapy students learn life-saving skills to treat cancer. What's more, BC is one of only three training facilities in the nation where students can use the program.

Bellevue Reporter, February 28, 2012



Bellingham man worked on Oscar-winning documentary

Bellingham has more than one connection to "Undefeated," the movie that won the Oscar for best documentary feature.... Cameron Rumford, 31, was an assistant editor on the film. ... He developed an early interest in film while at Sehome High School, where he graduated in 1998, and studied film at Seattle Central Community College.
Bellingham Herald, February 28, 2012


Renton Technical College auto-body students test skills on Spitfire

… auto-body course students at Renton Technical College have been working on an unusual assignment. They have been tasked with painting a full-scale model of a World War II Spitfire airplane. Broken into pieces so they could paint it, the plane is scheduled to be reassembled on Feb. 27 and taken to the Olympic Flight Museum in Tumwater. … With the project, auto-body students are learning different methods of painting and about geometry, surfaces and with a fair amount of math involved. The school has never taken on a project like this. Usually students in the program work on donated cars …

Renton Reporter, February 22, 2012





Invisible Transfer Students / New study finds that one-third of students attend at least two colleges. Their most common transfer destination: community colleges.

Enrollment managers have long spoken about the mobility of students, citing the high number of credits transferred in and out of their colleges and grumbling that federal graduation rate calculations fail to account for those transient degree-seekers. Data released today by the National Student Clearinghouse back those assertions, showing that a third of those who were first-time college students in 2006 had attended at least one other institution by summer 2011.

… Both Adelman and Clearinghouse senior director of research Doug Shapiro said these numbers call for greater nuance in measuring institutional effectiveness through metrics like graduation rates. The rates colleges report to the federal government now count only traditional, full-time students who remain at one institution. Adelman said that can penalize colleges whose students are more likely to transfer even if those institutions provide a quality education and keep their students on track for a degree.
Inside Higher Ed, February 28, 2012



A Third of Students Transfer Before Graduating, and Many Head Toward Community Colleges

One-third of all students switch institutions at least once before earning a degree, says a report released on Tuesday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The "traditional" path of entering and graduating from the same institution is decreasingly followed, the report says. Students transfer across state lines and institution types, and even "reverse transfer" from four-year to two-year colleges. The report—"Transfer and Mobility: A National View of Pre-Degree Student Movement in Postsecondary Institutions," published in partnership with Indiana University's Project on Academic Success—examines students' increasingly complex transfer patterns.

… Most data analysis focuses on institutions, the report says, viewing students "as simply entering, progressing linearly, and completing a degree or not." In this presentation, it says, "students are the unit of analysis, and institutions are viewed as stepping stones along a diverse set of educational paths."

The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 28, 2012



Opinion/Higher education: How will Washington meet its growing need for STEM degrees?

The Herald, February 24, 2012



National Goals for College Education Depend on the States

The Obama administration, the Lumina Foundation, and numerous state governors have set goals for increasing sharply the proportion of college graduates (or at least the proportion of people with some form of postsecondary training) by 2020-25, while for more than a decade, state-government support for higher education has been diminishing, leading to ever-higher tuition charges and escalating student debt.

… Many Americans have yet to realize the extent to which other developed countries have surpassed us in rates of college participation and completion. …  since the 1990s our rates have been nearly flat, while countries like Canada, Denmark, France, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, and South Korea have exceeded us in the share of degree holders in the 25-to-34-year-old population. … while the vast bulk of our four- and two-year colleges have not kept pace. If we are to compete with developed and emerging nations, our focus must shift to our broad-access institutions. The recently released federal budget proposal for an $8-billion job-training partnership with community colleges is yet another sign of this new policy direction.

… Potential college students in coming decades will increasingly be minority, low-income, and first-generation students. Increasing their rates of attendance and success in college would be challenging under ideal financial circumstances; in the real world of sharply rising tuition charges and heavy reliance on debt, the challenge threatens to overwhelm.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 19, 2012





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